28 Jul 2014

27 Jul 2014

White Teeth Bad Skin: The Perils of Fluoride?

White Teeth Bad Skin: The Perils of Fluoride?
By Asha Saint, July 26, 2014

glass of waterNo matter how you look at it, we’re all chasing a beauty ideal. There’s nothing wrong with that, especially where skin is concerned. Beautiful skin is an instant upgrade to any face or body. That said, achieving flawless skin can be a challenge, and aside from environmental factors that are constantly threatening to age or damage the epidermis, so much of what we consume can wreak havoc on our skin.
We’re aware of the obvious things: a diet that consists purely of junk food will do your skin no justice; however, imagine something as simple as a bottle of water or toothpaste causing acne around your jawline. The culprit: fluoride.
Can you imagine, great teeth terrible skin? Recently, a member of my family developed cystic acne out of the blue along her jawline. After a process of elimination, she discovered that the assailant was fluoride. This is a pretty sensitive topic because fluoride is lauded as one of the 20th century’s major achievements. Fluoridation of tap water has contributed significantly to the decline of tooth decay over the past 60 years.
There’s a little bit of fluoride in just about everything; it’s in the soil, plants, and even the air we breathe. Its effects on dental health are indisputable, but that’s where the argument starts. Although many believe fluoride is generally harmless, there are many groups who believe fluoride is toxic. Most of us are generally oblivious to the effects of fluoride, unless you have a fluoride sensitivity.
Here are the top five symptoms of Fluoride sensitivity:
6. Acne near the mouth that spreads across the chin and cheeks.
7. Canker sores in the mouth
8. Stomach aches, constipation or diarrhea
9. Chronic fatigue
10. Muscular aches or muscle weakness
The bad news is these symptoms apply to so many ailments. The best way to find out if you have a fluoride sensitivity is to eliminate your contact with fluoride.

26 Jul 2014

FOIA Request Shows Health Canada Has No Safety Info About Fluoride

25 Jul 2014

Daily Echo letter

We haven't lost the battle yet.

24 Jul 2014

NZ - debate

Listen to what he says about people who are against vaccines.

Rates Of Decay Among Under 5’s Fall in East Lancashire

Sample News BigNew figures have revealed that rates of tooth decay among under 5’s have fallen in six boroughs in East Lancashire.
According to statistics from Public Health England, the number of children requiring hospital treatment for dental issues has also decreased.
Improvements are particularly welcomed in Blackburn with Darwen, which was once the worst borough in England in terms of oral health standards. Since 2007/2008, the proportion of under 5’s suffering from decay has fallen by 10 per cent to 41.1 per cent. Although there is still a long way to go, this marks a significant improvement. The number of children requiring extraction in hospital has also decreased from 466 to 438 in the 12 month period leading up to April 2013 in the borough.
Despite the improvements in oral health, experts have stressed that more needs to be done to further reduce rates of decay, as tooth decay is preventable and children have access to free dental care on the NHS.
MP for Blackburn, Jack Straw, has also reiterated his stance on the introduction of fluoridated water, suggesting that he is firmly against mass fluoridation in the UK.
Fluoridated water is viewed by many dentists and public health figures as an effective means of reducing tooth decay. There are success stories in the UK, including Birmingham, where rates of decay have fallen considerably since the introduction of fluoridated water; however, many people are against adding fluoride to the water supplies and any plans to add fluoride to local supplies are likely to be greeted with a mixture of emotions.

23 Jul 2014

In this current heat wave how is the dose controlled when the water is fluoridated?

If it is in salt and bread people have a choice.

22 Jul 2014

Dublin City Councillor Anthony Connaghan puts down a motion to End Water Fluoridation in Dublin

Anti-fluoride Campaigner Bids to Stop Water Fluoridation in Bedfordshire

Sample News BigA campaigner is bidding to fight plans to add fluoride to the water supply in Bedfordshire three years after the council suggested that they would work to stop any fluoridation measures.
Cynthia Bagchi said that she was confused to hear about plans to add fluoride to the water supply by the end of the year, after the council vowed to fight against fluoridation back in 2011. She questioned why the plans were approved without consulting the council, local residents or members of the Health and Wellbeing Board.
Mrs Bagchi is handing over a petition with 1,500 signatures in the hope that she can convince authorities to stop the plans. Anti-fluoride campaigns believe that people should have the choice whether or not they consume fluoridated water and there are suggestions that fluoride harms health. In contrast, many public health figures and dentists support fluoridation because it helps to reduce the risk of tooth decay, especially in deprived areas.
A spokesperson for Bedford Borough Council said that fluoride was previously added to water supplies in the area for more than 40 years and this was a move supported by the NHS. Fluoridation was suspended while works were carried out at the treatment plant and will now continue once upgrades have been completed.
Mrs Bagchi called for the council to consider the move and urged them to act “before poisoning the entire population of Bedford.”

21 Jul 2014

Bedford says NO to Fluoride July 2014

Published on 21 Jul 2014
Bedfordshire is due to have its water fluoridated again despite the fact that not a single study shows it reduces tooth decay. A Class 2 poison, fluoride is linked to bone cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, dental fluorosis, hypothyroidism, birth defects, lowered IQ, increased infant mortality, and many other health issues.

This short film shows local campaign group, Fluoride Free Bedford, at the July 19/20 2014 Bedford River Festival raising awareness and gathering signatures for a petition to stop the re-fluoridation of Bedfordshire's water supply later in the year.

19 Jul 2014

Fluoridated Birmingham - Parents 'fail' children as many lose all their teeth

Some youngsters are undergoing hospital operations to remove all 20 baby teeth, according to Dr Nigel Carter.

Dentists are forced to remove all the rotting milk teeth from some children in a 'massive parenting failure'
The West Midlands has seen a 300 per cent rise in children being admitted to hospital for multiple teeth extractions in what a senior dentist described as a “massive parenting failure”.
Some youngsters are undergoing hospital operations to remove all 20 baby teeth, according to Dr Nigel Carter, the chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, who practises in the region.
In an interview with the Post, Dr Carter said it “beggared belief” that a parent would not notice their child had a “mouthful of teeth rotten down to the gums”.
Figures revealed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre showed that in the West Midlands in 2010-11 there were 456 children under the age of 10 admitted to hospital with tooth decay.
In 2013-14 a “shocking” 1,444 were admitted.
Experts blame the trend on a culture of parents rewarding children with sweets while failing to clean their teeth properly as infants.
Dr Carter said: “The rise is absolutely incredible and is indicative of a massive failure in parenting.
“Partly it’s down to background and people from lower socio-economic groups have higher levels of tooth decay.
“It has to be about parenting and looking after children.”
Dr Carter added: “In many cases the first time the child has ever seen a dentist is when they’re taken there in great pain.
“Basically if it gets as far as needing to go to hospital for general anaesthetic then you’re talking about multiple extractions.
“It’s not unusual for a child to have 12 to 14 teeth taken out and in some cases we’ve heard of all 20 baby teeth being removed.”
In 2010-11 120 under-fours were admitted to hospital for surgery in the West Midlands. This had rocketed to 353 last year.
So low down the list of priorities is cleaning teeth, that some families have a “family toothbrush”.
Dr Carter said: “When we’ve done ‘old for new’ style toothbrush exchange schemes at the practice, we’ve had people bring in new toothbrushes, clearly because they’re either too embarrassed to bring their old one, or there isn’t one at all.
“There are also cases were there are families which have one toothbrush between them.”
One theory for the rise in childhood tooth decay in the last three years is rising immigration of people from Eastern Europe, who are moving over with their families and receiving treatment on the NHS.
Dr Carter, who once practised in Birmingham, said the fluoridation of the city’s water supply in 1964 had meant that in general Birmingham’s dental health was far better than elsewhere.
He said: “When I worked in Birmingham, on the border with Sandwell, we used to know which side of the street a patient had come from, by the state of their teeth. It really makes a huge difference.”
Three years ago the total number of people under the age of 19 needing to go to hospital for surgery was 996. Last year it was 2,074.
In 2010-11 there were 6,000 hospital admissions for tooth decay in the West Midlands of all ages. In 2013-14 that had risen to 7,883.
The move away from three square meals a day can also be blamed for the growing problem, said Dr Carter.
Dr Carter said: “Children are now having seven to 10 ‘grazing’ meals, many of which are full of sugar.
“Studies have shown that if you put a spread of food in front of children they would choose to eat a balanced diets.
“But we have the problem where sweets are given as a reward and so they are identified as such by the children.”
According to the British Dental Health Foundation parents are failing children in three ways: not cleaning their teeth when young or supervising when older, not feeding them a healthy diet, and not checking their mouths.
Dr Carter added: “It just beggars belief that a parent wouldn’t have noticed their child’s teeth have rotted down to the gums. It is child neglect, basically.”
In Birmingham officials said the fluoridation largely meant that teeth were better than surrounding areas, although there had been a minor rise.
Birmingham’s director of public health, Dr Adrian Phillips, said: “In addition to fluoridation, parents have a big role to play and a regular teeth-cleaning routine is essential for good dental health. It’s also important to cut down on how often children have sugary food and drinks.”
Officials pointed out that in 2012/13 there were 20 times more hospital admissions recorded for non-fluoridated Manchester 5 to 9 year olds than for those in fluoridated Birmingham. Fluoridation costs the city £180,000 per year.

Immunization Hesitancy Linked to Topical Fluoride Refusal

Parents who refused to immunize their children also tended to turn down fluoride treatments for them, according to a study conducted by Dr. Donald Chi, adjunct associate professor of Health Services at the University of Washington School of Public Health.
The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that parents who refused immunization for children under their care were 60 percent more likely to refuse topical fluoride treatment, which helps prevent tooth decay. The study looked at records from three dental clinics in Washington state and used follow-up surveys to caregivers. A total of 361 surveys were completed.
"Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, affecting more than 40 percent of them," said Dr. Chi, also an associate professor of oral health sciences in the School of Dentistry. "It can lead to toothaches, missed school and poor grades. It's a major public health problem."
The study found that topical fluoride refusal rates ranged from 4.9 percent to 14.6 percent, which Dr. Chi termed high. At a population level, that translates to several million children who are not receiving evidenced-based preventive dental care. Half of caregivers who refused topical treatment reported they were concerned about the safety of fluoride. Dr. Chi said the study results indicate new tools for health providers and community-based strategies are needed to educate the public and to target the growing numbers of parents who are hesitant about preventive care.
Not surprised, they don't want to poison their children.

18 Jul 2014

Publican Against Water Fluoridation

Canada - Is Water Fluoridation Legal?

Listed as “one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century”, the future of water fluoridation may well be decided in the courts! The question is, is water fluoridation even legal?
21143342_sOn June 26, 2014, lawyer Nader Hasan, representing the group Concerned Residents of Peel, presented a legal opinion to the Peel Region council informing them that they could be legally responsible for harming residents whose health is put at risk by water fluoridation.
“Not only is the region responsible and liable to the people of Peel, individual councilors are responsible and liable” said Hasan.
He also informed council that the Charter of Rights protecting Canadians against government-inflicted harm are being violated and warned that if fluoride is not removed, a costly legal battle may ensue.
As a dental professional, I have taken the time to research the science behind water fluoridation and I can find no evidence to support its continued use, and in fact, the most current studies suggest that the risks far outweigh the benefits of this highly toxic practice.
In a meta-analysis, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and China Medical University in Shenyang for the first time combined 27 studies and found strong indications that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children. Based on the findings, the authors say that this risk should not be ignored, and that more research on fluoride’s impact on the developing brain is warranted.
I applaud this cautionary approach that is beginning to blossom within the scientific/health community but support the members of the public who do not wish to “wait” for more research to be conducted.
In his summary and opinion, Hasan stated:
“In short, if an Ontario resident can properly present the scientific and medical evidence to an Ontario court, there is a reasonable possibility that an Ontario court would declare the Fluoridation Act and municipal fluoridation programs in Ontario to be unconstitutional and thus invalid. Should that occur, then there is also a real possibility that the Region of Peel would be held legally liable to residents in a lawsuit for harm caused by artificial fluoridation”.
The Peel council, in response, voted to defer a move to reopen the issue until September when the region’s legal staff will present an opinion on Hasan’s arguments.
What is your opinion? Do you think that mass medication of the public is constitutional? I welcome your feedback. Please leave a link back to your own blog if you have one via the commentluv feature here on the site.
Until next time,

17 Jul 2014